10 Best Boot Inserts & Insoles Reviewed & Tested
If your day job calls for a sturdy and durable pair of boots then you know how hard they can be on your feet after being on your feet all day—which is why we have put together a list of the best insoles and inserts for boots.
Unfortunately, we can’t wear our running shoes for everything—they just aren’t a practical solution for every activity we are involved in and as runners, we know how important it is to take care your feet. The right insole or insert will protect your feet from unnecessary wear and tear and also help heal and prevent strain-based injuries.
When shopping for insoles, remember, not all insoles are the same make sure to consider whether or not you have any foot injuries or problems, if you have any pronation issues, and whether you have high, normal or low arches.
- Timberland Anti-Fatigue
- Footminders Comfort
- Airplus Ultra Work Plus
- Sof Sole Airr
- Powerstep Pinnacle
- Dr. Scholl’s Gel Work
- Spenco Polysorb Heavy Duty
- Superfeet Premium Green
- Sole Ultra Softec
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best Boot Inserts & Insoles
1. Timberland Anti-Fatigue
Lightweight Inverted cone foam
Dynamic arch design
The Timberland PRO Men's Anti-Fatigue insoles are one of the most popular insoles for boots out there. They are cushioned, lightweight, and provide excellent moisture management. This is our top pick this season and we highly recommend you take a closer look!Read more
These insoles feature an inverted cone foam and anatomically contoured design that will mold to your foot and provide you with personalized comfort. Their dynamic arch design also provides you with maximum stability and support.
As aforementioned above, they are quite comfortable and this is helped by the fact that it is made out of a lightweight material. They give you optimal shock absorption and provide you with active 24/7 comfort throughout the day.
Cost and Value
These are quite popular, high in demand and very affordable to most athletes, you are guaranteed a high quality insole for your shoes that never dissapoint when it comes to comfort.
2. Footminders Comfort
Great for Plantar Fasciitis
Anti-microbial and Moisture-wicking fabric
Deep heel cups
Maximum support and stability
100% satisfaction guarantee
Not for those with high or normal arches
Too bulky for some users
If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, Overpronation, or any symptoms associated with flat feet or low arches then these are the orthotics for you!Read more
Stability and Comfort
These orthotics are great for any issues you flat footers suffer because they provide the stability and support you need to stay comfortable. They feature shock absorbent pads to provide you with maximum cushioning as well as proper arch support for those arches. It's important to note that if you have high arches these will be uncomfortable for you.
They are made of anti-microbial and moisture-wicking fabric and their deep heel cups provide you with maximum heel and ankle support as well.
Cost and Value
They come at an average price and provide you with a 100% Money back guarantee if you aren't satisfied with the product.
3. Airplus Ultra Work Plus
Provides shock absorption
Helps with posture
Prevent odor and bacteria from forming
Not very durable
These are the most affordable options on our list--but they definitely don't disappoint! They're perfect for work boots and will bring you comfort throughout the day.Read more
These insoles are full length and highly versatile--you can switch them from your boots to other footwear if you'd like! As far as fit, you can adjust their sizing so if you get something too big it can easily be fixed.
They are well-cushioned, which allows them to provide shock absorption, comfort, and stability. Their structural heel and arch support will treat and prevent pain and even help improve your posture!
Cost and Value
The insoles are considered to be quite affordable when compared to the others int he market. They also have a preventative anti-microbial additive to prevent odor and bacteria from forming!
4. Sof Sole Airr
Good arch support
High quality, long lasting
Good for athletic shoes as well
Breathability is high
Some felt they were a little too thick
It comes as no surprise that the cushion in the Sof Sole Airr Orthotics is, you guessed it, air. The SKYDEX® air capsules located in the heel, convert impact into energy, while the polymer gel in the forefoot provides maximum shock absorption.Read more
Made for those with low to neutral arches, the arch and heel are supported by a reinforced stability plate. The insole itself enhances motion control and support.
The top fabric is made out of the moisture-wicking COOLMAX®, providing dry and blister free feet. Your feet are comfortable and protected ensuring you have no injury during runs or walks.
Cost and Value
Another affordable insole from a brand that knows a thing or two about good insoles. The fact that the insoles are made completely out of air, increases comfort.
5. Powerstep Pinnacle
Aids in plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and other foot problems
No trimming required when moving insoles to different shoes
Has an anti-microbial layer
Some said they were a little too thick for some shoes
Powerstep was founded by a podiatrist, foot surgeon and runner, so needless to say, the brand knows a thing or two not just about comfort and support, but runner’s feet. The Powerstep Pinnacle is a versatile insert that provides some serious support and comfort, especially for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, arch pain, metatarsal pain, and other foot issues.Read more
The semi-rigid shell and deep heel cradle support and stabilize your foot, especially during high impact situations. The Variable Cushioning Technology or VCT ® is a double layer of foam cushioning that sits on top of a sturdy EVA foam base that makes for one comfortable, yet durable base.
The top layer is anti-microbial and reduces friction that can cause blisters and excessive heat. These insoles are best used in tight-fitting shoes that have limited space.
Cost and Value
The Powerstep Pinnacle is not the cheapest, but certainly not the most expensive. A good quality, moderately priced insole.
6. Dr. Scholl’s Gel Work
Gel cushioning “waves” provide maximum comfort
Good arch support
Some people said that the insoles didn’t work well for those with larger shoe sizes
Who couldn’t go for a regular foot massage? Well, if a daily foot massage isn’t in your budget, perhaps it’s time to check out Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Work Insoles. They were made specifically for those who were pounding on hard service all day, every day.Read more
These durable insoles are made for high volume usage. The gel “waves” provide cushioning, acting like tiny springs under your feet.
The insole molds to the shape of your foot, but has cooling vents to keep your feet cool and dry. Therefore, your feet are not only relaxed, but you do not have to worry about excess sweating.
Cost and Value
These insoles are considered to be extremely lowly priced for some serious cushioning and comfort.
7. Spenco Polysorb Heavy Duty
Excellent comfort for high volume usage
Specially designed for work shoes and boots
Some felt the foam was too thick
When they say “heavy duty”, they aren’t kidding. These flexible, but durable insoles provide some serious comfort for all-day support and are specifically designed for work shoes and work boots.Read more
Breathability and Weight
The 4-way stretch fabric is antimicrobial and anti-blister, keeping your feet dry and cool. The foam is lightweight and aids in arch and heel support.
The SpenCore ® heel strike pad has extra cushioning for heavy impact and maximum shock absorption. The SpenCore® located at the front of the insole not only provides cushioning but energy return.
Cost and Value
This is definitely a steal since you get an insole that is lowly priced and high quality; especially considering the miles and impact you’ll be able to put on them.
8. Superfeet Premium Green
Organic, all natural
Great support for high arches
Relieves common foot pain such as plantar fasciitis and arch pain
Great for those on their feet all day
Short break in period
Not for people who need minimal arch support
Get out your hiking boots. The most popular insole of the brand, the Superfeet Premium Green is our #1 pick for insoles for boots. Made for those who need maximum arch support, these insoles are ready to handle high volume usage.Read more
It features a wide, deep heel cup that aids in natural shock absorption. The closed-cell foam provides cushioning and comfort. The insoles itself provides structure to shoes and fits in most footwear, including boots, casual shoes, and athletic shoes.
Like the Superfeet Orange, these insoles are free of latex, formaldehyde, nickel sulfate and are vegan.
Cost and Value
Like the Superfeet Orange, Superfeet does not make “cheap” insoles in any sense of the word. You will pay for what you get and the cost, though not small, is a well worth the investment for your feet.
Good quality, very durable
Specialized for arch support
Provides pain relief to existing foot pain
May be too firm for some
The ViveSole is a supportive insert meant to help alleviate the pain from standing strain and injuries. A smart choice for people whose lives demand that they be constantly standing and moving and who need to make sure their feet stay in top form.Read more
The ViveSole inserts are designed to absorb the shock of walking and in turn, reduce the amount of stress put on your feet. This makes ViveSole great for wear over long periods. They also have pressure pads specifically to reinforce the wearers' heel and arch, further reducing long-term pain.
These inserts are constructed of lightweight material that is antimicrobial to prevent odor and sweat build up. Additionally, the ViveSole is made to be easily washable.
Cost and Value
The ViveSole is an affordably priced quality insert for the runner with an active life looking for an easy way to maintain healthy feet.
10. Sole Ultra Softec
Fits well in boots
More expensive than most inserts and insoles
The Sole Ultra Softec inserts are perfect for someone with unique needs and demands of their boot. These Softec inserts are fully customizable as well as reliably supportive, their precisely molded fit able to keep you on your feet all day without discomfort.Read more
These sole inserts use heat to mold themselves perfectly to your feet, meaning you have exactly the arch and heel support that you need which not only prevents long-term pain from standing but also help heal existing injuries.
The Sole Ultra Softec is made from a synthetic moldable material that runners report to be both durable and long lasting.
Cost and Value
While these inserts are pricier than most insole replacements; they are an affordable alternative to personalized orthopedics when you need something that fits your particular needs.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
If you wear boots to work then it’s safe to assume that you need something that is durable and can withstand heavy use. When considering utility we made sure to look at countless user feedback and recommendations that many people out there stand behind. This helped us compile a list of durable and dependable insoles to choose from–all of which provide you with the support, cushioning, and protection you need.
Your heel is the epicenter of balance and control when it comes to the way your feet function and perform and is also where your ankle connects to the muscles in your calves. Here we took a close look at the support system found in the heel portion of the insole or orthotic as well as went through countless of feedback from users that consistently used the product. You need strong heel support if you are going to be on your feet all day–after all, it’s easy to forget that our feet contain 33 joints and a total of 26 bones!
Our arches are composed of a small network of five bones that connect the front of the foot to the back of the foot. So, if you need to be on your feet all day, or if you participate in high endurance activities, and your arches aren’t properly supported you will absolutely develop sore feet and pain. According to testers that needed additional arch support, the right insole will vastly improve your performance throughout the day because they reduce the strain your feet have to deal with.
Here you need to consider your own needs and personal preference. Consider whether you need more cushioning, support, or comfort before making your choice. Also consider the environment you will be in as well as how long you will need to utilize the, during the day.
We know that everyone has different budgets so we made sure to take this into consideration. We always want to make sure you get your money’s worth and definitely always want you to get the best product that will fit your needs. All of our options will help you manage your pain, increases your comfort levels, and avoids unnecessary expenses.
Other Factors to Consider
Here’s one you have seen before! Fit is incredibly important in almost everything we review–and boot inserts are no exception! Here we take a look at how well the insert fits into your boot, how versatile it is with different shoes, and how well it will fit your foot.
When making your choice it’s important to consider the boots you are using and keep in mind that they may be causing significant problems. The right insole or orthotic may be the perfect solution to your problems but remember to make sure it’s compatible with the boots you want to use. There are options on our list you can use with both your boots and running shoes so if this is something you are looking for make sure to take a look at those!
To pinpoint your stance you will need to stand with your toes pointed forward and your feet slightly apart. Here you will consider how much weight is placed on each leg and whether there is an inward roll of the foot. This will help you make the best selection for you for you and get the most your of your insole or orthotic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most insoles run true to size, so you can typically select your normal shoe size and go from there. However, to be sure you will need to insert them into your boots and try them on–this will be the best way to ensure they are the right fit for you. The right fit will cover your foot from heel to toe, provide you with a secure fit, and ensure you remain comfortable throughout the day.
You’ll want to look into the toughest options and the sturdiest insoles with the most cushioning is the best place to start. Inserts are meant to be easy to slip in and slip out of your boots so having a separate pair of insoles for other activities will lead to less wear and tear and ensure long-term comfort.
As a rule of thumb, an insole should last you as long as your shoe. will last. However, boots will typically last longer than your average pair of shoes so your insoles probably won’t last as long as your shoes. We recommend you pay attention to when they stop doing your job and start making you uncomfortable.
A gel insert is more likely to be comfortably padded and cushioned as well as cost a little more. On the other hand, foam inserts are more rigid and typically cost less. While cost is an important factor for every buyer, it is important to consider your support and comfort needs when choosing between the two materials.